Stump removal

rick wrote:

Get a man in with a really big stump grider and chipper. Saves a lot of effort. Alternatively, do what we did and have the Leylandi cut off at 6 ft, kill the remainder with professional tree stump killer and rotavate the ground between the stumps to allow for the planting of Laurels. The Laurels were about £22 each for bushy 4 ft tall plants at todays prices and were in 20L? containers. Plants Galore supplied them. They have established well, with no failures. Cost about £2K in total IIRC. I had to lay a drip watering hose across the Laurels in the first year as the weather was dry. The Leylandi were used as the mounting posts for a chain link fence, this was the reason for retaining the stumps. I reckon they will rot out in less than 20 years and be replaced with Metpost mounted wooden units. Our Leylandi were on a .7M Bank, behind a brick retained raised bed. Sounds similar. The method outlined did not disturb the soil at all as the tree roots are not touched much at all. Laurels have all the characteristics of slow growing weeds and are now up to about 5,5 ft providing a perfect screen!
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Not necessary, they'll die anyway, Leylandii don't regrow from old wood at all. We have cut several down like this and they really do just die. If left long enough the stumps are *very* easy to pull out because they are no longer alive.
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On 8/10/2016 1:00 PM, Capitol wrote:

not possible due to access
rotavate the ground between the stumps to allow for the planting of

My problem is what I want to plant (looked at 3 varieties) needs 3-5 plants per metre ... with the stumps at 300 centres very little room left for planting. The hedge compnies report poor success when people have left stumps in .........which was my original idea
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rick wrote:

300mm? My new hedge has no problems but the plants were big and the ground prepared befor planting. Watering was essential. As I said, Laurels are like weeds and grow just about anywhere.
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On 8/10/2016 4:55 PM, Capitol wrote:

I think of my Leylandii like that :-)
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rick wrote:

Welcome to the bitter experience club!
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rick wrote:

Sorry, forgot to say prices were for 30M.
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Dynamite perhaps
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I was thinking the same, there used to be a BBC2 trade test video, in the days before 24/7 TV, that showed stump removal with explosives. ANFO may be better though not quite so fast, so less worry that you may drop a stump on the neighbours. If you go down this route may we come and watch?
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Problam with ANFO is you still need a high explosive to initiate it, and I suspect the days of "24 Hour use or return" explosives licences are long gone.
[googles]
Apparently not. You can still get "Acquire only" explosives certificates.
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Pro blam!
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On Wed, 10 Aug 2016 12:21:34 +0100, rick

Why do you actually want to take out the stumps? Is it just because it seems the right thing to do? I had a Leylandii hedge that was getting too big and difficult to control. I cut them all down to about 6ft and stripped any side branches (there weren't many). That in itself will kill them. No need for fancy stump killing chemicals: they won't re-grow from old wood. Then just forget about them. I planted a hedge of something else in between the stumps, which fairly rapidly grew up and hid them. Every couple of years I go down the stump row and give each a mighty heave to loosen it. So far, about four have just come free at the roots and been removed. The remainder are loose and on the way. Takes a few years for the roots to rot away like that, but by far the simplest solution if you're prepared to wait.
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On Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 12:21:38 PM UTC+1, rick wrote:

We had four Leylandii about 16ft high in our front garden. I cut them down to 1.5m and a chap with a JCB redoing the pavements in the street reached over the fence with the backhoe and pushed them out. Took minutes, cost peanuts.
A row of smaller ones between us and the neighbours went the same way thanks to a local builder with a mini digger working a few doors down.
I don't know what the reach of a backhoe is but if it's possible to knock them out this way, I would spend the money on that rather than the aggravation of hiring/using a stump grinder.
In fact, I'd look at hiring a long reach excavator if that's what's necessary to teach the bastards who's boss. I hate Leylandii.
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On 8/10/2016 2:31 PM, mike wrote: don't know what the reach of a backhoe is but if it's possible to knock them out this way, I would spend the money on that rather than the aggravation of hiring/using a stump grinder.

As per OP .. there is no option to get in a machine .... have a nice new stone patio my side of wall ... so not putting machine on it .... and other side of bank is a 25' drop to a filed ..... too steep to put a machine on. (even if I did have access) ... it is also heavily wooded
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On 10/08/2016 16:27, rick wrote:

Heavy lift helicopter? ;-)
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a nearby house hired a crane to get conservatory parts over the roof top.
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So between you and the field is a heavily wooded area and a 25' drop.....
Why the heck do you need to replant with anything? Just drop the leylandii by taking them off at/near ground level and forget about the stumps.
If you find it necessary to have a demarked boundary put in a post and rail fence. You could even leave a reasonable stump height and nail the rails to them.
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On 8/10/2016 12:21 PM, rick wrote:
Just reached out to a firm that specialises in stump removal - lets see what they charge
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On 8/10/2016 6:53 PM, Andy Burns wrote:

£450 a day ... and estimates 3-4 days that is with stump grinder.
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